Worcester's Historic Infirmary to Host Annual History of Nursing Conference

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The history of the nursing profession will be explored and celebrated at an event at Worcester’s Infirmary Museum next week.

The UK Association for the History of Nursing (UKAHN) is teaming up with the Infirmary – located at the University of Worcester’s City Campus – to host its annual Colloquium on July 9.

The event is hosted at a different location every year, with Worcester chosen as this year’s venue due to the long and distinguished history of healthcare in the region. The Infirmary Museum tells the story of one of England’s oldest infirmaries through interactive exhibitions combining science, history, art and technology.

The nursing profession has thrived in Worcester for well over 100 years. Distinguished names from the past, including Matron Mary Herbert and Nurse Tarran, are honoured with exhibits in what is now the Infirmary Museum, while the modern-day University’s reputation in the field is excellent.

Dr. Stuart Wildman, of the UKAHN committee, said, “We chose Worcester because of the historical importance of the venue, and we have attracted international, national and local and speakers presenting on a range of interesting topics.”

The Colloquium will run from 10am until 5.15pm, and is open to all. Tickets for the entire event cost £20 for adults and £10 for concessions, and can be purchased at

The UKAHN helps to promote the development and advancement of nursing history through scholarly work and public outreach, bringing individuals and associations together in order to provide mutual support and opportunities for collaboration.